CWA 1033 Holiday Party Dec. 19th – Join Us!

The CWA Local 1033 Members & Retirees Holiday Party will be held on Thursday, December 19, 2019 at Cooper’s Riverview Restaurant from 4:30 – 9:30PM. Tickets are $5.00 for Local 1033 Members/Retirees and $35 for Guests. (Limit 1 guest per member)

Tickets available at the Local Monday through Friday from 8:30AM – 5:00PM starting Nov. 22

No tickets will be sold after 6pm Monday December 16th.

CWA Local 1033 General Membership Meeting Nov. 21st 4:30PM @ War Memorial Building

Come to the CWA Local 1033 General Membership Meeting Thursday Nov. 21, 2019 at the Trenton War Memorial Building.

Turkey dinner served at 4:30PM

Meeting at 5:00PM

As the holidays approach, the Social Activities/Civic Duties Committee is holding a Food Drive to help those less fortunate in our communities. You can help make this Food Drive a success by bringing a non-perishable food item with you to the meeting. All donations are greatly appreciated.

CWA Local 1033 Education & Equity Committee Meeting 11/26 at 5:00 PM

CWA Local 1033 Education & Equity Committee Meeting will be held on November 26, 2019 at 5:00 PM at the local headquarters, 321 West State Street Trenton, NJ. Join us!

If attending, please RSVP by 11/25 to

Thank you!

State Health Aetna Members Must Switch but CWA Negotiated Strong Options – What You Need to Know

State Health Aetna Members Must Switch but CWA Negotiated Strong Options 

Starting in January 2020, Aetna will NO longer provide plans through the NJ State Health Benefit Plan (SHBP) medical plan for active employees and early retirees.   SHBP recently rebid the medical contract for active members and early retirees; Horizon’s price and presentation were deemed superior — they will be the sole carrier for SHBP active employees and early retirees. Aetna will continue to provide the Medicare Advantage and Dental Expense plans.

This means that anyone in an Aetna PPO (Freedom), HMO, tiered network (Liberty), or high deductible plan will need to switch to a Horizon plan during the October open enrollment.

The plan design (coverage, copays, deductibles) for the Aetna options is identical to the plan design for the Horizon equivalent.  However, there can be significant differences in networks particularly in certain geographic areas and for Tier One of the Tiered network plans (Aetna Liberty; Horizon Omnia.)

Current  Aetna members living out-of-state should understand that while Horizon directly contracts with a limited number of out-of-state providers they will have access to the robust networks of local Blue Cross affiliates like Independence Blue Cross in Southeastern Pennsylvania and Empire Blue Cross in New York through the Blue Card program.


Aetna Members in PPO (Freedom) Plans

Since the Horizon and Aetna PPO (Freedom, Freedom 10, 15, 15/25, etc) plans have a huge overlap of providers, most Aetna PPO members will see little change in switching to the Horizon equivalent plan.  For instance, all acute care hospitals in New Jersey, NYC, and Philly are in-network with Horizon.  However, there are some medical practices and specialty providers (mental health, physical therapy, chiropractic, etc) that are not in the Horizon network.

To find out whether your regular provider is in the Horizon network check the Horizon website and contact your provider to confirm as insurance company lists of participating providers are often out of date.

Aetna HMO Members

Members in the Aetna HMO should seriously consider switching to the CWA Unity PPO plan for the following reasons:

  • It is likely that your Aetna Primary Care Provider (PCP) will not be a Horizon PCP,
  • The Horizon HMO is geographically limited to New Jersey and surrounding Pennsylvania and New York counties,
  • You will have an out-of-network option you do not have now,
  • You will now be able to join a Direct Primary Care practice (R-Health and Paladina) and never pay anything for primary care,
  • It will cost less.  The CWA Unity PPO/NJ Direct plan for CWA, AFSCME, and IFPTE members includes significant savings in payroll health contribution deductions ranging from $330 to over $1500 a year depending on income and coverage type.


Aetna Tiered Network (Liberty) Members

Aetna Liberty members should carefully review the Horizon Omnia (tiered network plan) tier one providers as going to tier two providers, even though they are considered in-network, is expensive.

There are some areas like Middlesex where Horizon has a strong tier one provider network but others such as Mercer and Burlington where there are gaps.  Check the Horizon list of tier one providers and confirm this with your regular professional providers.


Union Action

Without our union, Steve Sweeney would have forced a high deductible plan on us all.  The Direct Primary Care initiative (no copays), lower healthcare contributions (payroll deductions,)  the $1000 bonus for joining the Omnia tiered network for a year, and the new zero copay for mail order generic drugs for active members (effective November 1) are the result when we join together in union.

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Education & Equity Committee Meeting 9/24/19 Join us!

CWA Local 1033 Education & Equity Committee Meeting will be held on September 24, 2019 at 5:00 PM at the local headquarters, 321 West State Street Trenton, NJ. Join us!

We remember our brother, Gerry Horgan CWA Local 1103 Chief Steward.

Today we remember our brother, CWA LOCAL 1103 Chief Steward Gerry Horgan. Gerry, remembered as “natural born leader” and “the epitome of what a union representative should be,” was killed on this day 30 years ago while on the picket line, fighting alongside his CWA brothers and sisters for healthcare benefits in the 1989 strike against NYNEX.

If you’ve ever asked yourself why we wear red on Thursdays, it started for Gerry – at his funeral a line of CWAers wearing red stretched for a mile along the route to the church, and members began wearing red on Thursdays to honor and remember Gerry, a tradition that has spread throughout the country and continued to this day. #CWASTRONG #IfItsThursdayWeWearRed

General Membership Meeting 9/26

Join us at or CWA Local 1033 General Membership Meeting on September 26, 2019 at the Patriots Theater at the Trenton War Memorial.  Dinner will be served, meeting starts at 4:30PM

CWA Local 1033 Annual BBQ – Aug. 25, 2019




Black Bear Lake Picnics & Events
457 Stage Coach RoadMillstone Township, NJ 08510
Sunday, August 25, 2019
1:00PM – 6:00PM

  • 3 Heated Sized Olympic Pools
  • Double Swirling Slides
  • Bear Slide for Younger Guests
  • Full Lifeguard Supervision (Towels Provided Poolside for Guests)
  • Giant Lake Waterpark
  • Paddle Boats on 5 Acre Private Lake
  • Tiki Beach with Lounge Chairs
  • Sports Fields & Courts with all equipment provided including – Basketball, Tennis, Beach Volleyball, Kickball, Horseshoes & more!
  • Outdoor Laser Tag 
  • 24’ Rock Climbing Wall 
  • Pirate Playland 
  • Digital Photo Service
  • M5 Bungee Trampoline 
  • DJ & Team Games 
  • Face Painting 
  • Caricaturist Artist 
  • Air Brush Tattoos
  • Strolling Magician 


Local 1033 Members / Retirees – $10.00

Guests (4 Maximum):
     (Age 13 and Over) – $20.00
     Children 5 through 12 – $15.00
     Children 4 and under – Free

Members must have valid ID to pick up their tickets between 8:30am – 5:00pm now through August 19th at:

CWA Local 1033 Headquarters,
321 West State Street, Trenton, NJ 08618

The office will remain open until 6:00 PM on Friday, August 16th & Monday, August 19th
**MEMBERS MUST PICK UP THEIR OWN TICKETS**  Absolutely NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AFTER Monday, August 19th or at the DOOR the DAY of the Event.  You MUST have YOUR ticket to enter.

Questions? Call the office at 609-394-7725

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General Membership Meeting 7/25

Join us at our CWA Local 1033 General Membership Meeting on July 25, 2019 at the Patriots Theater at the War Memorial in Trenton.  Meeting starts at 4:30 PM Dinner will be served.


Earlier this year, CWA engaged in a process that will save the state more than $1 billion a year in health care costs without lowering the cost of care or simply forcing workers to pay more. We bargained these savings with the Governor where we could, and we worked with him to identify savings in other areas where we are not able to bargain them.

Following that, Governor Murphy made a very reasonable budget proposal: The $1 billion in savings would be met with $500 million in new revenue, and New Jersey’s unlimited corporate welfare programs would be reformed. It was a proposal that valued fairness and fiscal responsibility, and one that would put New Jersey on a path to fiscal health.

Our members responded with enthusiastic support. CWA members made over 12,000 calls to members of the New Jersey legislature to support the Governor’s budget, including a millionaire’s tax. Members met with legislators all over the state to talk about how a decade of tax cuts for the wealthy have impacted their families and the services they provide. And thousands showed up at the State House demanding a millionaire’s tax.

We are disappointed that the legislature would not support this plan. They were more than willing to accept the health care savings we achieved, but they were not willing to ask the super wealthy, who have been showered with tax cuts for a decade, to pay a tiny bit more. And following months of news of corruption and self-dealing in New Jersey’s corporate incentive programs, they shockingly voted to just extend those programs.

We welcome and support Governor Murphy’s decision to not shut state government down. And while we are disappointed the legislature is not joining the Governor, we enthusiastically look forward to joining him in his commitment to restoring balance and fairness to the New Jersey budget.

Finally, we could not be more proud of our members. Despite a decade of cuts in staffing levels that have left departments depleted, despite unending and vile attacks from the Senate President, our members continue to provide exceptional services for the people of New Jersey. They work around the clock and in all conditions in every corner of our state. We look forward to standing shoulder to shoulder with them to continue to make New Jersey a great place to live.